Chances are, employers don’t need the force of law to make them care about the health of their employees, especially during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it’s still important to know what the federal workplace safety agency — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — has to say about employees returning to their jobs with a measure of confidence in their own safety.

OSHA’s recent “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” report offers a helpful blueprint. However, the agency stresses it’s “only advisory in nature” and doesn’t set any new standards. Also, it falls under the underlying law’s overall requirement that employers “provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”

Below are some points from the OSHA blueprint to help you consider workplace safety through a new lens.

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